Perfect Square Invitation to Create
It's Monday! What are you reading? We love this meme hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts. It's so fun to check in and get book recommendations and share books we've discovered.
We have been doing a lot of reading lately - more than usual. My twins are really interested right now in figuring out how the written language works. They have been finding letters, figuring out that there are spaces between words, and "reading" to each other. I'm loving every moment. We have also been talking about and doing a lot of art. Having recently launched our Bambini Art Project, I'm excited to share this book and project with you guys today!
Book Review : Perfect Square by Michael Hall
What's a square? What can you make with a square? The ingenious Michael Hall has some ideas. I don't think anyone has more fun with paper than Michael Hall. Watch in amazement as he manipulates a square into a house, a fountain, and more. Page after page challenges the idea of a square and dares the imagination to dream. We loved guessing what was being created and talking about how the illustrations had been made. Bright, eye-catching illustrations and simple text, this is a unique and delightful discussion of squares. Go on an artistic adventure with Hall, you won't regret it. 2+
Activity: Make Your Own Square Art
This book is a natural invitation to create. Halfway through the book my kids were running for scissors and hole punches. I love how accessible and inspiring Michael Hall's books are for kids.
Gather the supplies and the book. Cut construction paper into squares of different sizes.
I had the supplies ready on the counter, but as I said my kids were running for them after seeing a few pages. I didn't need to give them direction of any sort. A simple invitation like "what do you want to make with squares?" would also work. My three year olds are still working on their cutting and gluing skills. For them, and for toddlers, working with the scissors and hole punches and glue is exciting in itself. They are entirely about the process. With older children, I would encourage you to invite them to do a little planning before they create. After reading the book, what do they think could be made with a square? What techniques might they want to try?
Skills children are working on with this activity include;
*Identifying and recognizing a square shape
*Using tools like scissors and a hole punch
*Using glue to make a collage
*Using simple materials to express creative ideas
*Developing an understanding of being an illustrator
Perfect Square by Michael Hall
Crayons or Other Drawing Tools
Hole Punches (we used traditional ones and shape ones that I had from my scrapbooking days)
*Check out more Children's Books and related activities on our Bookshelf.
*Read more books by Michael Hall. I love this one.
*Do more SHAPE activities
-Shape Art with Ellen Stoll Walsh
-Learn shapes while you countdown to something exciting.
-Play a shape game with trains
-Learn shapes and have fun with a flashlight with this activity.
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